$200 Gift Certificate Giveaway Winners

Miranda Trujillo & Alan Herberger of Colorado

Wedding Photography Giveaway Winners
Meet Miranda, “Randi” Trujillo and Alan Herberger, the new winners of our $200 Giveaway! The couple is from Colorado and have been together since July 30th, 2010. Two weeks after their first date, Alan had to leave for college in Oklahoma. They spent a semester of long distance, countless late night phone dates, many evenings spent with each family, lots of cupcakes, Halloween shopping trips galore, and a trip to Disneyland. Without Randi knowing, Alan had been teaching himself one of their favorite songs on the piano. On July 4, 2011, Alan took Randi to their favorite spot, played and sang their favorite song on his keyboard and presented Randi with his great grandmother’s ring, asking her to marry him.

They will be married at Loveland Church of Christ in Colorado on December 27th, 2012, and Randi’s dad will be performing the wedding ceremony as he is a pulpit minister! Colorado wedding photographer Amanda Glisson will be there to capture it all! Randi says, “We have been so pleased with the way Amanda captures our feelings and passions through her photography! She is a fun and easy going person to work with and the services and products she offers are of the highest value!”

Congratulations and Best of Luck Randi and Alan, we’re looking forward to seeing your wedding photos!


Jessica DeGrandis & Mark Zauner of Illinois

Wedding Photography Giveaway Winners
Jessica DeGrandis and Mark Zauner are the winners of our $200 Giveaway! Jessica works in the marketing field and Mark is a fire alarm inspector. “We are very excited to have won this giveaway! Our photography was the one area of the wedding we were not willing to cut any corners! These are going to be the pictures we cherish for the rest of our lives and winning this giveaway will definitely help us with this.”

The couple met through mutual friends on St. Patricks Day two years ago and have been together since. Mark proposed Dec. 22, 2010 at Maggiano’s in Naperville. “We ordered Tiramisu for dessert and when it came out ‘Will you Marry Me?’ was written on the plate in chocolate!! I turned to look at Mark and there he was with the most beautiful ring I have ever seen! Of course I said ‘Yes’ and as we kissed the whole restaurant clapped and cheered! It was truly the most amazing moment of my life!! Mark never fails to take my breath away!!”

Jessica and Mark chose WeddingPhotoUSA member Timothy Whaley Photographic Artists in Illinois to photograph their wedding. “Tim devoted as much time as neccessary to answer any and all of our questions. He was very personable and made us feel like we were his only clients!” The couple will be married on May 18, 2012 at St. Thomas the Apostle in Naperville with the reception following at the Crystal Grand.

Good luck and congratulations Jessica and Mark!


Tanner Hairford and Amber Moser of North Carolina

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Grade school friends who reconnected at a Wake Forest University football game are to be wed at the Cross Creek Country Club in Mt. Airy, NC and Wedding Photographer Ashley Turner, owner of A Photo By Ashley, will be there to capture every moment!

Tanner Hairford and Amber Moser of North Carolina are the latest winners of the WeddingPhotoUSA $200 giveaway towards a member photographer to help with the costs of their wedding.

Tanner and Amber have always liked Ashley’s style as they’ve worked with her in the past. Tanner says, “We really feel she is a great photographer with a wonderful eye! She is very professional, fun and we enjoy working with her. We knew before I proposed that we would use Ashley when we got married, so that has been the easiest part of our wedding planning so far.”

Tanner is Firefighter for the city of King, NC and Amber a medical student at the Brody School of Medicine with plans to become a general practice physician. The two were engaged on the beach during sunset last June while vacationing in Mexico.


Ben Robinson and Kari Leonard of Rhode Island

Wedding Photography Gift Certificate Giveaway Winners

Meet the new winners of our $200 Gift Certificate Giveaway, Ben and Kari! The couple met in college, both on the swim team at the University of Rhode Island. Kari is a nurse and Ben a chiropractor. Ben says, “Winning this contest is a great feeling. We are both relatively new to the working world and both have student loans to pay off, so winning this is awesome!”

Ben and Kari chose WeddingPhotoUSA member Andrew Davis Photography located in Portsmouth NH to photograph their wedding. Andrew Davis is actually Bens future brother-in-law, “We chose Andrew Davis Photography not only because of the family connection but because of the quality of his work and the time and effort he puts into it”. The couple will be married in June of 2011 in Newport Rhode Island on the beach.

Congratulations and Best of Luck Ben and Kari, we’re looking forward to seeing the beach wedding photos!


Melodee Dirks and Abram Penner of Kansas

Wedding Photography Gift Certificate Giveaway Winners

Melodee Dirks and Abram Penner of Sublette Kansas are the winners of our $200 Gift Certificate Giveaway! The couple met in March 2009 at a restaurant where Melodee worked. Nine months later on Christmas Eve they were engaged!

The couple will be married in Doge City Kansas in the same church as Melodee’s parents, with both her brother and grandfather performing the ceremony. Melodee has accomplished quite a bit of her wedding planning so far and says, “We are very excited to have won this gift certificate!”

Melodee and Abram chose WeddingPhotoUSA member Jason Ryman, of Wedding Stories by Jason Ryman located in Kansas to photograph their wedding. Melodee was referred to Jason by a friend. She preferred Jason’s blend of candid, traditional, and artistic style photography as well as his custom designed Flushmount albums.

Congratulations Melodee and Abram!

Melissa Johnson and Ryan of Michigan

Wedding Photography Gift Certificate Giveaway Winners

Melissa Johnson and Fiance Ryan of Detroit Michigan are our latest $200 Gift Certificate Giveaway winners! Melissa says, “I’m so glad we won because every little thing helps!”

Melissa and Ryan chose WeddingPhotoUSA member Gerald Donnelly of Onsite Photography in St. Clair Shores Michigan to photograph their wedding. “I really liked the quality of his pictures, they captured the true moment.”

The wedding will be on the Ovation Yacht in St. Clair Shores on August 13, 2011. Melissa says, “The unique thing about our wedding is that it will be on a yacht and we get a chance to dance the afternoon away as it cruises down the river”

Melissa and Ryan met at work, both Federal Officers for the United States Government. Their first date was at Hockeytown Cafe in Detroit where Melissa met all of Ryans friends. He proposed to her on November 21, 2009 at Coach Insignia which sits on top of the GM Building on the 72nd floor.

Good luck and congratulations Melissa and Ryan!

Jamie Harris and Matthew Waisanen of Michigan

Wedding Photography Gift Certificate Giveaway Winners

A Promotions assistant for Michigan’s WSMH Fox 66 learns what it feels like to be on the other side of the table and win a promotion herself! Jamie Harris of Davison Michigan is the latest winner of the WeddingPhotoUSA $200 photographer gift certificate giveaway. Jamie says “Winning the $200 was wonderful. Every little bit helps when planning a wedding so it was very appreciated! I work with contests every day with my job. I’m usually the one calling the winners so it was nice to be on the other side!”

Jamie and her fiancée Matt Waisanen were close friends before their first date in 2003 at the Raven Cafe in Port Huron. Five years later to the exact day, Matt would propose to her by surprise on a visit to the Detroit Zoo. Jamie accepted and told us that “Saying yes to him was so unbelievable…I was just so happy. It wasn’t until I was in his arms that I noticed everyone smiling and watching. It truly was the most amazing moment of my life!”

Jamie had been experiencing the typical stresses every bride faces when planning the day of their dreams, but then and unexpected family emergency that almost took the life of her father put things back into perspective. “I used to stress about whether it would rain or problems that could come up, then we almost lost him, that changed everything. Now I don’t care what happens as long as my dad is there to give me away.”

Jamie and Matt choose WeddingPhotoUSA advertising member Dennis Slagle of See Saw Studios Lapeer Michigan, servicing the Detroit, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor areas and more as the person who will capture their special day. Jamie says “I felt that many of his pictures could have easily been on the cover of a magazine… When I called Dennis, he spent so much time just talking to me about everything. I couldn’t be happier with him!”


Amber Ellison and Casey Gillard of Alabama

Wedding Photography Gift Certificate Giveaway Winners

An accountant for a steel manufacture and a Mercedes master technician from Alabama are winners of our $200 gift certificate giveaway! Amber Ellison and Casey Gillard met back in 2005 through a friend and have been joined at the hip ever since their first date. Casey proposed on Valentines Day 2009 to Amber’s delighted surprise at a local restaurant.

Their wedding is taking place in Pinson Alabama in 2010 and both hope the night will be laid back, relaxing, personable and romantic. Amber says “Planning our wedding has so far been the most fun I have ever had planning anything…I expect to meet some more challenging obstacles as the wedding date approaches…We are super excited about winning the contest. I know the money will help us out.”

Amber and Casey chose WeddingPhotoUSA member Heather Flannery, of Gigglesnaps Photography located in Birmingham Alabama. Amber was referred to Heather by her Videographer. She met with Heather and liked her style of photography and how she makes it look effortless and fun. She knew from the moment they had their first meeting that she was “the right one for us.”

Congratulations Amber, Casey and Heather! We can’t wait to see those wedding photos!


Cheryl and Matthew of California

Wedding Photography Gift Certificate Giveaway Winners

When they met 5 years ago at a bar in Northampton, MA who would have known that their lives would change forever! Well for Cheryl and Matthew, it sure did and now they are “making it official” on October 10, 2009 in Holyoke, MA with the help of
WeddingPhotoUSA member Joseph Kushick Photography!

Cheryl initially found Joseph Kushick Photography online and verified with referrals before making her final decision. What made Joseph stand out in her mind was that she “Loved the photojournalistic look of his work”.

By day Cheryl is a full time accountant and quite busy this time of year. She says “its been hard planning her wedding from 3000 miles away”. As she and her fiance reside in California.

Cheryl and Matthew will be receiving a $200 gift certificate towards Joseph Kushick Photography services. Joseph says “He’s very pleased that his client has won the drawing..and knows that the support will come in handy!”


Diana and David of Matthews North Carolina

Wedding Photography Gift Certificate Giveaway Winners

Diana and David are the winners of our first quarterly giveaway! Diana booked with WeddingPhotoUSA member Janet Grams, owner of Life Light Photography, Harrisburg North Carolina. She will be receiving a gift certificate for $200 towards Life Light Wedding Photography services, reimbursed by WeddingPhotoUSA.

Diana and David are very excited and surprised to be the first winners of our contest. Diana found Life Light from an online web search and ultimately booked Janet after interviewing over 10 photographers! When asked what made the difference in booking Janet over the others, Diana said “We choose Life Light Photography because of how nice and wonderful Janet was to us when we met with her as well as by email and phone. She had everything we wanted and more and it was in the exact price range that we were willing to spend.” She went on to say “I talked to her on the phone earlier in the week about the packages that she had to offer and wanted to know if there was any way some things could be added and other items that we really
weren’t interested in be deleted. She mentioned to me that she would be glad
to design a package of everything that I wanted and in the budget price
range that we were looking for.”

Way to go Janet! A great story of personal & customized service, providing the client with just what they need, at a price that is win-win to all.

Diana a Billing Specialist and David an Operations Manager at Fed-Ex met in college 7 years ago, were engaged in Disney World Florida and plan to be married July 18th, 2009 at Arlington Baptist Church.

Good Luck Diana and David, we can’t wait to see the photos!

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